DAVENPORT, Iowa–NAMI of the Greater Mississippi Valley offers free, nationally developed educational programs that teach families how to effectively cope, communicate and advocate for a loved one living with a mental health issue.
A recent national survey indicates that young adults with mood disorders have a much harder time managing their mental health than adults. The 2021 Mood Disorders Survey was conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Younger adults (18 to 34) are more concerned about the judgment and stigma they may experience when seeking treatment. When they seek treatment, they have more difficulty accessing affordable professional care.
“The period from 18 to 34 is such a critical time, as young adults finish their education, start their careers and families. Most mental health issues are present by age 34, and that includes bipolar mood disorder, major depressive disorder, or depression,” says Laurie Edge, Education and Support Programs Coordinator. for NAMI of the Greater Mississippi Valley. Edge is hosting two educational events to help family members understand how to support their loved one and access help.
The NAMI Family and Friends Seminar is led by trained family volunteers with lived experience supporting an adult or child living with a mental health issue. Topics include understanding diagnoses, treatment and recovery, effective communication strategies, the importance of self-care, crisis preparedness strategies, and community and NAMI resources. This event is free, open to the public and will be held on Tuesday, March 1 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Center for Environmental Learning, 3300 Cedar Street, Muscatine. Registration is appreciated as boxed dinners will be served. Register at www.namigmv.org/register.
The NAMI Family-to-Family private education program will be held eight Tuesday evenings starting March 29 at the Environmental Learning Center. This free course is designed for family members, loved ones and friends of adults living with a mental health issue. Course topics include the family’s response to trauma, diagnosis and management of critical periods, problem solving, communication skills, and self-care for caregivers. The program is taught by trained family members who have lived experience. Register at www.namigmv.org/register.
These programs are made possible through a grant from the Muscatine Health Support Granting Fund. NAMI partners with the Muscatine Department of Public Health to promote early detection and treatment of mental health issues. To learn more about NAMI programs, visit www.namigmv.org.